(Each day over the next few weeks, during our pre-training camp vacation, ESPNBoston.com will highlight one behind-the-scenes Patriots employee and their role with the club.)
NAME: Joe Van Allen
TITLE: Assistant Athletic Trainer & Director of Rehabilitation
YEARS WITH PATRIOTS: 10 (2001-present)
YEARS IN NFL: 10
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: Virginia Tech, Sports Physical Therapist
EDUCATION: Millikin University (Bachelor’s); University of Miami (Master’s, Physical Therapy)
ROLE: Responsible for the physical therapy and rehabilitation of injured players, while working closely with head athletic trainer Jim Whalen and head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash on all aspects of the club’s training program.